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Minnesota Local History News

Published: August 1, 2007

A weekly publication by the Minnesota Historical Society for professional local historians and historical organizations.

Come visit your place in history.

Discussions and Questions

Visitation Rising? (New Post) 2006 was the first time reported visitation to Minnesota's historical organizations topped 1 million people. Are you seeing an increase in visitation?

Refining Without Upsetting (0 new messages) How do you diplomatically refine your collection?

Community Service Interpretation (1 new message) Clarifying the relationship between the tour guide and the place at which the tour is can be quite important.

Job Announcements

Program Manager

Three Rivers Park District seeks Program Manager for Historic Murphy's Landing. Closes Wednesday August 15, 2007.

Project Specialist

Minnesota Historical Society seeks Project Specialist to coordinate exhibition development, design and production process, budgeting and scheduling necessary to ensure successful projects. Closes Monday August 13, 2007.

Collections Assistant

State Historical Society of North Dakota seeks Collections Assistant. Closes Friday August 17, 2007.

Local Events

Cokato Tractor Show

The Cokato Museum, as a part of the 58th Annual Cokato Corn Carnival festivities, will host a Tractor Show on Wednesday, August 15, 2007. For more information contact Mike Worcester, 320-286-2427.

Uncle Sam at Landmark Center

The former St. Paul federal building, Landmark Center, hosts the grand opening of the exhibit "Uncle Sam Worked Here," Friday August 3, 2007, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Movies Under the Stars

History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester continues its series of free public films at dusk. See "The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid" (1972) on August 10, 2007, and "Grease" (1978) on August 24, 2007.


New Listing in National Register

Chik Wauk Lodge, 28 Moose Pond Road, Cook County was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 27, 2007.

Public History Awards Program

National Council on Public History created several new awards and increased prizes for existing awards. See website for deadlines and submission guidelines.

Chaska Historical Society Fundraiser

The Chaska Herald of July 26, 2007 reports on a creative fundraiser for the Chaska Historical Society during the city's festival July 27-29.

Public Comment Sought

United States Surface Transportation Board seeks public comment on the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad Company's proposed track rehabilitation project. Meetings are:

Contact Dennis Gimmestad, 651-259-3456, with concerns for historic resources along the DM&E route.

Grant Deadlines

NEH Planning and Implementation Grant Applications

National Endowment for the Humanities will now accept both Planning and Implementation Grant applications at two annual deadlines: January 23, 2008 and August 27, 2008. New Planning Grant guidelines are available and applications will be accepted on September 5, 2007.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Strategic Planning Workshop

Strategic Planning determines where an organization is going over the next year or more, how it's going to get there and how it'll know if it has gotten there or not. The workshop will be held September 11, in conjunction with MPMA's annual regional museum conference in Fargo, ND Sept. 10-14, 2007.

Public History 2008 Annual Meeting

2008 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History will be held April 10-13, 2008, at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Call for proposals is due September 4, and registration opens online December 1.

Field Note

Well-designed promotional materials inform potential visitors of your hours, programs, and location. Below is one new example from the Sherburne County Historical Society in Becker. Contact Kurt Kragness for more information.

Cover of the Sherburne County History Center brochure showing two children smiling as they trace a railroad line on a map.